Hand in Hand to Preserve Napa’s Unique Landscape

Whether to farming, encroaching suburbs, or high tech campuses, the natural landscape of the Bay Area has changed drastically over the years. Indiscriminate development has rendered many parts of the Bay Area foreign even to its natives. Napa County is no exception. It is one of the counties in California that have been affected by rapid development.

One non-profit organization took notice and challenged the status quo. Its mission is to preserve the character of Napa by permanently protecting land.

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Lake Berryessa in Napa

This organization is called The Land Trust of Napa County; the work of which focuses on acquiring land or conservation easements, or stewarding land or easements to achieve conservational purposes. These purposes vary from protecting the natural habitat, to conserving the water quality, or preserving the scenic values into the future.

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Lake Hennessey

Since its establishment in 1976, The Land Trust of Napa County has successfully protected 70,000 acres of land throughout Napa County. That is 14% of Napa.

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Spanish Moss draping the oak trees in Napa

Become Part of the Solution; Get Involved!

If you are a nature lover or concerned about the ecological well-being of Napa like me then The Land Trust is the right place for you.  It organizes many Preserve Stewardship events that will educate you about Napa’s unique ecosystem and at the same time get you involved in preserving it.

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Linda Falls Preserve Vegetation Workday/ Leader Soil Conservationist “Chip Bouril”  

For example, The Trust has been waging a battle against invasive species like the French Broom; a plant that can grow rapidly to 4.5 feet (or up to 12’ high), replacing smaller native plants and contributing to the spread of fire.

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Volunteers from Americorps removing French Broom; an invasive plant

The Trust also works on restoring native habitats. The return of the Mountain Agoseris, Ithuriel’s Spear and native clover plant species to its Missimer-Snell Valley Preserve is testimonial to the success of their efforts.

The Trust maintains many trails and hosts public access orientation.

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Cedar Roughs Hike led by Author “Ken Stanton” & “Chip Bouril”

It also monitors wildlife to create a baseline for existing mammal populations; a requirement for monitoring any decrease, increase, or stabilization in the numbers of individual specie.

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You can join The Land Trust stewardship efforts by becoming a member or by volunteering your time to support any of the aforementioned events.  Hence, you become part of the solution to preserve Napa’s unique ecosystem for future generations. After all, our well-being is dependent on the well-being of our natural ecosystems.

For a photo album from the Cedar Roughs Hike, click here

For a photo album from the French Broom Workday, click here

To join the Land Trust Hikes or workdays, click here

Writing & Photography

Samar M. Salma

15th of March, 2018

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